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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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Tentative activities are listed below. The majority occur throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday. Hours for the event are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Specific Activity Times

Saturday Only:

  • Indy’s Child Fun Zone in the Cherry Tree area.

Sunday Only:

  • Harrison Hustle
    Join us this year at the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience for the first annual Harrison Hustle 5k Fun Run & Walk. Enjoy a fun and festive military-themed 5k race that honors Fort Harrison State Park’s unique history. The race will start at 9 a.m. as participants march to the music around the paved Fort Harrison Trace trail alongside costumed re-enactors. After reaching the finish line, snacks, swag bags, and a group stretch workshop led by Indiana Trail Running will be available. Top male and female finishers overall and in each age group will be decorated with top honors and prizes at 10:30 a.m.

    All proceeds will go to the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation to help fund the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience, Indiana’s largest hands-on outdoor recreation event. The Indiana Natural Resources Foundation has been helping to expand public lands, protect our natural resources, increasing outdoor recreational opportunities, and provide educational outreach, like the Hoosier Outdoor Experience, for 25 years. Participants are encouraged to attend the free event after the race and enjoy the more than 50 different outdoor activities.

    Register online at

The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience Learning Center - New this year!
Join us throughout the day for specialized classes by REI Inc. and the Central Indiana Wilderness Club. The Learning Center is located in the shelter house near the Welcome Center.

Saturday Sunday
  • 11 a.m.: Survival State of Mind
  • Noon: Basic Bike Maintenance
  • 1 p.m.: Basic Fire Crafting
  • 2 p.m.: Ultimate Camp Coffee
  • 3 p.m.: Day Hiker Essentials
  • 4 p.m.: Where to Backpack in Indiana
  • 11 a.m.: Map and Compass Basics
  • Noon: Survival State of Mind
  • 1 p.m.: Ultimate Camp Coffee
  • 2 p.m.: Basic Fire Crafting
  • 3 p.m.: Where to Backpack in Indiana
  • 4 p.m.: Day Hiker Essentials

General Activity Schedule


Planned Activities Activity Providers
Hoosier National Forest Info USFS Hoosier National Forest Staff
Mountain Bike Skills Course/Trail Ride Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA), Northeast Indiana Trails Riders Organization (NITRO), Do INdiana Off-road (DINO), Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department- North District Bike Unit, Bicycle Garage Indy (BGI), and Hesitation Point Brown County Bicycles
Trail Running Indiana Trail Running
Long Distance Back Country Hiking Knobstone Trail Hiking Association
Hiking the Fort Indianapolis Hiking Club
Tiny Tots Mini-bike Rides ABATE of Indiana
Snowmobiling In Indiana Indiana Snowmobile Association
Camping Skills and Outdoor Cooking Camptown
GaGa Ball Coach Cliff's Gaga Ball Pits
Outdoor Crafts and Games American Camp Association
Hay Rides Indiana DNR
Blueways, Greenways & Trails in Indiana Indiana Greenways Foundation
Experience Orienteering Indiana Crossroads Orienteering
Horseshoe Pitching Speedway Horseshoe Leagues
Water Well Fun Division of Water
Atlatl Indiana DNR, Indiana State Museum
Mock Archaeological Dig Hamilton County Parks
Golf The Fort Golf Course
Disc Golf Hamilton County Disc Golf Association/The Disc Golf Company
Jeep Information JPFrog/IFWDA
Backcountry camping crafts, cooking and
packing demonstrations (Sat. 11 a.m., 1, 3 p.m., Sun. 12, 2, 4 p.m.)
Central Indiana Wilderness Club
Shotgun Division of Law Enforcement, Indiana Friends of the NRA, Indiana Hunter Education Association
Pellet Rifle Division of Law Enforcement, Indiana Friends of the NRA, Indiana Hunter Education Association
Archery Division of Law Enforcement, Indiana Friends of the NRA, Indiana Hunter Education Association
Crossbow Division of Law Enforcement, Indiana Friends of the NRA, Indiana Hunter Education Association
Nature Crafts and Wilderness Games Limberlost School


Planned Activities Activity Providers
Fishing in Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife
Turkey Hunting Safely Indiana National Wild Turkey Federation
Building for Wildlife (Saturday only) Indiana Wildlife Federation
Flying Wild Division of Fish & Wildlife
Indiana Wildlife - wild bird banding Division of Fish & Wildlife, Wildlife Diversity Section and Chipper Woods Bird Observatory
Tree Dog Demos Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance
White-tailed Deer Sensory Trail Indiana Deer Hunters Association
Historic and Modern Trapping Indiana State Trappers Association
Field to Table - Mourning Dove Workshop (2:30 p.m.) Division of Fish & Wildlife
Field to Table-Venison Workshop
(10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday only)
Purdue Cooperative Extension
Fish cleaning and cooking Division of Fish & Wildlife
Nature Walk Division of Nature Preserves
Indiana Invasives Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology
Indiana Native Plants INPAWS
Animalia Animalia
Remote Control Boats
(Saturday Only)
Indy Admirals
Basic Fishing Division of Fish and Wildlife, Indiana Bass Federation Nation
Voyageur canoes Wilderness Inquiry, Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy
Water Safety  US Army Corps of Engineers
Hands-on Nature and History Division of State Parks and Reservoirs
Traditional Outdoor Folk Artisans Traditional Arts Indiana
Pony Rides Brown County Saddle Barn & Hoosier Trail Rides
Paint Ball Target Shoot American Heritage Girls
Nature To Go Noblesville Parks & Recreation
Water Bugs Izaak Walton League


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